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A touch away from promotion: Sion defeat Bellinzona and return to the Premier League with one and a half games to go

A touch away from promotion: Sion defeat Bellinzona and return to the Premier League with one and a half games to go

Bellinzona – Sion 0:2

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May 17, 2024

The final decision on promotion to the Premier League has been postponed. Sion's return to Serie A is just a formality after a 2-0 win in Bellinzona.

FC Sion did not win a single duel against FC Thun in the Challenge League this season. However, the Valaisians decisively distanced themselves from their closest promotion rivals after the second-to-last round.

Dejan Surjic took the lead for Didier Tholot's side against AC Bellinzona after half an hour, and the striker doubled shortly after the restart. Although Reto Ziegler missed a penalty just under an hour later, there was no doubt in canton Ticino about whether FC Sion would take the penultimate step towards the Super League on Friday evening.

A difference of 3 points and 14 goals in favor of Sion

Meanwhile, FC Thun won a stunning match against Vaduz 6:3 and is still three points behind Seten heading into the final round on White Monday. They must allow themselves a heavy defeat in their final home game against Schaffhausen without jeopardizing promotion to the Premier League. Compared to Thun, Sion has a better goal difference of 14 goals.

Thon-Vaduz 6:3

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The Bernese Oberlanders got off to a great start in their match against Vaduz. Mark Gottbob scored twice and Mauro Lustrinelli's side took a 3-0 lead into the first half. By the 67th minute, Vaduz, coached by former Shun coach Mark Schneider, had evened things out and helped Sion, at least temporarily, climb. After receiving a yellow and a red card against Sandro Weser (81st minute), the Liechtenstein national team collapsed and conceded three goals in the final stage. But even these will not pave FCT's direct path to the Premier League.

While Sion are on the cusp of a return after a season in League Two, Thon will have to prove themselves in a second-from-last Premier League clash at the end of May.

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Results and table

Bellinzona vs Sion: live tape

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    Scion can secure a promotion

    In the penultimate round of the Challenge League on Friday evening, FC Sion can secure promotion. To do this, the Valesians have to score more points in the match in Bellinzona than the last remaining direct promotion contender, Thun, in the home match against Vaduz.

    If the difference between Sion and Thun remains at three points, Sion's promotion will not be official yet, but it will be almost guaranteed. The team that was relegated from the Premier League last year has a 15-goal better goal difference than Thun.

  • 80.

    First substitution for AC Bellinzona

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    First substitution for AC Bellinzona

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    First substitution for AC Bellinzona

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    First substitution for AC Bellinzona

  • 78.

    First substitution for Sion

    Liam Chipperfield

    Midfielder

  • 78.

    First substitution for Sion

    Balthazar

    Midfielder

  • 78.

    First substitution for Sion

    Georgi Rousseff

    Midfielder

  • 78.

    First substitution for Sion

    Elias Shawarf

    Midfielder

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    First substitution for Sion

    Christian Souza

    Midfielder

  • 68.

    First substitution for AC Bellinzona

    Ranjan Neelakandan

    striker

  • 68.

    First substitution for AC Bellinzona

    Stefan Seiler

    Midfielder

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    First substitution for AC Bellinzona

  • 68.

    First substitution for AC Bellinzona

    Samba Safe

    Midfielder

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    First substitution for Sion

    Theo Bushlarim

    Midfielder

  • 58.

    Yellow card for AC Bellinzona

  • 58.

    FC Sion misses a penalty kick

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    Tour for Sion, 0:2 by Dejan Surjic

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    Yellow card for AC Bellinzona

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    First substitution for AC Bellinzona

    Lyric Vichy

    Midfielder

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    First substitution for AC Bellinzona

    Tommaso Centenaro

    Midfielder

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    Tour for Sion, 0-1 by Dejan Surjic